Shake-up of Dorset County Council's subsidised bus network with a number of services withdrawn

Dorset Echo: WE HAVE LISTENED: Hilary Cox WE HAVE LISTENED: Hilary Cox

IT’S all change on the buses.

There has been a shake-up of Dorset’s subsidised bus network to save money with a number of services withdrawn.

The changes, which followed public consultation, come into effect on Sunday, April 6.

Across Dorset, 39 routes will be changed, and 39 left unaffected. Ten routes have been completely withdrawn and twelve Saturday services have been removed.

The changes mean that Dorset County Council achieves a saving of £822,000 from its £2.8 million bus subsidy expenditure. The saving is needed because councils no longer receive Government funding to support non-commercial bus routes.

Initial proposals were drawn up about the routes most likely to be affected following a survey of passenger numbers, which highlighted that many routes were under used and not providing value for money for the Dorset council taxpayer.

Cllr Hilary Cox, the council’s Cabinet member for environment, said: “We have taken note of the 1,200 responses and listened to all the comments and petitions from local residents. For example, we have worked with several communities to ensure that they will continue to have a Saturday service, even though this meant – in some cases – we have had to reduce services during the week.

“This review is not something we have undertaken lightly, and we fully understand that some bus services offer a lifeline to residents without transport of their own. Unlike many councils, we are still putting a substantial amount of money – £2 million – into supporting local bus services

“And as part of this package we are also investing an additional £25,000 to help community transport schemes start up. There are already 60 voluntary car schemes, dial-a-rides and other community transport initiatives in existence across the county, helping overcome rural isolation.”

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5:46pm Fri 28 Mar 14

islandman says...

and those changes are ?...................
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and those changes are ?................... .................... .... islandman
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6:35pm Fri 28 Mar 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

To increase the under-use, they stopped buses going along Wyke Oliver Dr and Chalbury Close in Preston, allegedly to save time. The buses now sit waiting at a bus-stop on Preston Road because they are running ahead of schedule.
To increase the under-use, they stopped buses going along Wyke Oliver Dr and Chalbury Close in Preston, allegedly to save time. The buses now sit waiting at a bus-stop on Preston Road because they are running ahead of schedule. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
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7:50pm Fri 28 Mar 14

arlbergbahn says...

It might have been useful to provide a bit of useful information, e.g. and i.e. what these services concerned are. I do know that the 387 Dorchester-Poole is being stopped, though, it says on the First website, which for once is a bit more useful than the Echo.
* And Echo, please, will you stop using the headline "It''s all change on the buses." Thx.
It might have been useful to provide a bit of useful information, e.g. and i.e. what these services concerned are. I do know that the 387 Dorchester-Poole is being stopped, though, it says on the First website, which for once is a bit more useful than the Echo. * And Echo, please, will you stop using the headline "It''s all change on the buses." Thx. arlbergbahn
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8:18am Sat 29 Mar 14

Lanedor says...

What are the changes? How do we find out about them? Why should we suffer yet again due to the council's inability to spend their funds wisely - rural areas need a transport service - seem to recall a while ago some council supported and government supported group called Sustran (at least I think that was their name) were working in the Weymouth and Dorchester area trying to promote the use of sustainable transport and we were been asked to leave the car at home more and use the public transport - if they are reducing the public transport in rural areas then how do we do it?
What are the changes? How do we find out about them? Why should we suffer yet again due to the council's inability to spend their funds wisely - rural areas need a transport service - seem to recall a while ago some council supported and government supported group called Sustran (at least I think that was their name) were working in the Weymouth and Dorchester area trying to promote the use of sustainable transport and we were been asked to leave the car at home more and use the public transport - if they are reducing the public transport in rural areas then how do we do it? Lanedor
  • Score: 3

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